WESTLAND, MI – Harsh weather did not stop a peaceful protest that took place outside of the office’s of the Westland Police Department after a man died inside the jail while in custody on December 10th, 2017.
Many people on Friday January 12th, 2018, who felt their voices needed to be heard during the demonstration, showed up with signs of protest and voices loud to let Westland Police and those listening could see and hear them. They protested the treatment that they felt was inadequate or just plain nonexistent when prisoner William Marshall begged to be taken to the hospital for treatment.
William Marshall , while in custody and locked up inside of the Westland Police Department’s jail, died when he did not receive the proper medical care he desperately begged for. Marshall repeatedly asked to be taken to the hospital.
Westland Police Chief Jeff Jedrusik stated that William Marshall “While in custody, he started to complain he was having some medical issues.” “We had the Westland Fire Department come to the station. Eventually, he was transported to the hospital. Unfortunately, he passed away at the hospital.”
Karri Mitchell, the attorney who is representing the family for Mr. Marshall stated “He died because he was refused medical attention.” EMS was called and wanted to transport the man to the hospital but was denied authorization to take the prisoner to the hospital.
Other inmates have gone on record in video interviews for news stations that they witnessed the entire situation unfold before them and there was nothing that they could do to help the man.